9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion By Nancy Riegelman

  • Modern drawing techniques
  • Detailed up-to- date
  • Instructions on fashion illustration
  • Drawing with photoshop combination



9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion

This new edition of “9 Heads” has been completely revised to bring all the fashion garments and details up to date. Numerous new drawings of street wear, active wear, bridal wear, swimwear and lingerie have been added. Breakdown drawings are shown for an even wider selection of garments and new croquis are included in a variety of poses reflecting contemporary attitudes and stances.

New dedicated chapters cover the topics of composition how best to group together figures when illustrating a line of garments; concept drawings developing the skills necessary to make quick studies or to jot down ideas when creating a new clothing line and Using Photoshop a review of how Photoshop can be used to enhance and extend the drawing techniques the book teaches.



Nancy Riegelman’s books, in particular 9 Heads, were a seminal part in my path to becoming a multidisciplinary Creative Director in fashion, beauty, entertainment and lifestyle. In the two decades years since I was fortunate enough to first walk into a class led by ‘Ms. Riegelman’; the lessons she taught me have been an indispensable part of my creative process.

As rigorous in technique as they are exquisite in design, her oeuvre teaches not only the fundamentals of draftsmanship, but trains the eye; enabling lovers of beauty, whether analog or digital, to elevate their artistry while refining their craft.

Whether you’re working on-set, on-location, backstage or in a boardroom, Nancy Riegelman’s incomparable library will become touchstones you’re certain to find yourself returning to over and over again. – Robert Barr, Creative Director –Robert Barr, Creative Director.

I studied fashion illustration in FIT. I had some wonderful teachers and then I went back to India whereby chance I met Nancy Riegelman who was a Fulbright scholar and happened to be living in the same building.

When we realized how gifted she was, she took private drawing classes for me and for a friend of mine, and really taught me how effortless it was to draw using the weight of the body and understanding how it balanced with nuances.

Nancy is an artist and an idealist, and passionate about everything she does. Those classes were invaluable to my 30 years of illustration and also her book 9 Heads has become a staple in our rather substantial library at the Studio.

Wish her much luck in spreading the gospel around the world. I hope to God we do not lose the power to draw and give up that pleasure to a computer. –Tarun Tahiliani, Fashion Designer

SERIOUSLY? This book is absolutely incredible. Everything you can possibly need as a resource for helpful tips and instructions on fashion illustration are in this book. EVERYTHING! I even found step-by-step instructions, in detail, on the 9 head proportions for male croquis.

This is the first time I have been able to find a book that demonstrates this. Every finish, every fabric type, every type and style of of garments, garment pieces, outerwear, under garments – it’s all there with detailed instructions. I love this book and it was worth every penny.

If you are a design student, think of this as an investment in your career. You’ll keep it for the rest of your life! –D. Hunter, Design Student.


About the Author

The author, Nancy Riegelman, teaches fashion drawing, design and styling at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She gives lectures and workshops on those topics in many countries around the world.

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Fourth edition





33 x 4 x 23 cm


576 pages

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ 9 Heads Media; 4th Revised edition (April 5, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 575 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0970246358
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0970246356
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.64 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.99 x 1.57 x 9.06 inches

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